Supporting patients and staff on the wards is a vital part of the work carried out by our Ward Friends … they help in a number of ways
- chatting to people who are lonely, many with no regular visitors
- enriching a patient’s day with crafts or other activities
- reassuring patients who are anxious about being in hospital
- helping to support elderly patients, some with dementia
- providing pastoral support for seriously ill patients
- simply acting as a ‘friend’ on the ward to cheer people up
- taking a patient in a wheelchair for a ‘trip’ around the hospital
Becoming a Ward Friend
Find out more about how to apply to be a Ward Friend …
- You will receive guidance from Louise Harfield (LHF Operations Manager), and training from Alison Davies (Hospital Matron) and Linda Lee (Hospital Chaplain).
- You will always have supportive fellow volunteers and staff on hand if you have a question .
Margaret carries out a specialist role of pastoral support for seriously ill patients, working closely with Linda Lee, our Hospital Chaplain.
‘Taken for a spin’
Graham is often seen taking elderly patients out of the wards ‘for a spin’ around the corridors and sitting with them for a chat in the cafeteria.